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After working as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow for ABC News, Monya fled broadcast journalism for a high school classroom, where she taught biology, chemistry and math before venturing into print journalism at the Acumen Journal of Life Sciences. As synopses editor at MIT's Technology Review, Monya solicited input from scientists and venture capitalists to select the most promising emerging research. She has written for The Economist, New Scientist, The Scientist, Wired and other publications. Monya has a BA in biology from Carleton College and an EdM from Harvard University. Based in San Francisco, she works as a writer and editor for Nature Publishing Group.

6 responses to “How humans write features”

  1. Madeline Bodin

    Thank you. This is perfect, and exactly what I needed to hear today. I’m ready to set a timer and to forgive some Crab Nebulans.

  2. Jill U Adams

    Fabulous, Monya. Great advice and a really fun read.

  3. Dyani Lewis

    Great article… always good to keep things in perspective and try not to beat yourself up when things look impossible… Now to put it into practice :-S

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  5. Michelle Nijhuis

    Love this, Monya!

  6. Kendall Powell

    This is wonderful, Monya. I laughed out loud and nodded right along.

    But there sure is a lot of lingering and lolling…my feature writing doesn’t seem so leisurely these days! It’s so hard to balance the process with the desire to make a decent hourly wage, I find.

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